Day 8: Get Back To Basics

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Step 8: Get back to basics
In the last week we have covered a lot of information. Lets get back to studying the scripture and see where that leads us.
Day 8: Re-read Proverbs 31:10-31
The Virtuous Wife
10 Who can find a virtuous wife? Virtuous: conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life or chaste: a virtuous young person
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; How is hubby reacting to your changes? Is he liking the new change in you?
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil Are you doing good with not speaking bad to or about your husband?
All the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands. Are you using your resources? Are you re-using things or making things from what you already have?
14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar. How is deal shopping going for you? Are you saving money?
15 She also rises while it is yet night, How are you doing with waking up early? Providing breakfast for the household?
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “ Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Ok we have made it to verse 15 so lets start with verse 16.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

So here the proverbs woman is considering a good investment to help her to make some extra money while she remains at home, taking care of her home and family. This is something you can still do today. You can learn to sew, mend, bake, make things, etc. You can also look into direct selling from home, as in having a home business. This is definitely an option for mothers who are looking to return home from the workforce. Even in the bible days there was a work at home mommy!
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

This verse is hard for me to understand in NKJV let me post it in NIV.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

Ok. “She sets about her work vigorously” lets take a look at the word vigorously.
–adjective
1.     full of or characterized by vigor: a vigorous effort.
2.     strong; active; robust: a vigorous youngster.
3.     energetic; forceful: vigorous steps; a vigorous personality.
4.     powerful in action or effect: vigorous law enforcement.
5.     growing well, as a plant.

This sounds fantastic doesn’t it? She sets about her work energetically, forcefully, powerfully! Do you do that with your housework? I can tell you right now, I am not anywhere near excited about most of my chores. Im excited about the idea of a clean house, but I don’t necessarily want to do it. Here it seems as though she is definitely prepared and ready for her work. “Her arms are strong for her tasks” This is one part that I fail at miserably. I do not work out. I have always been a very tiny person and have always had a hard time gaining weight. I know a lot of woman who tell me I am lucky to be blessed with this metabolism. However, I have to be very careful and eat ALL THE TIME if I exercise. Although, for my health I think I should at least be taking walks or doing some yoga during the week. Maybe if we implement a small exercise during our week we will be more energetic with our housework? I recently told my sister, who is wanting to stay fit during pregnancy, to vacuum her house with high heels on! LOL I told her its an amazing workout. So, as long as you are very careful, emphasis on careful, I highly recommend it. It will help strengthen your legs to do housework in heels. Why do you think women in the 50’s did it? Lol not just for fashion I assure you that!
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

Her she is noticing that her decision to plant a vineyard from land was indeed a wise decision. Im guessing that she is starting to reap the benefits and perhaps money or trades. Also this verse says that her lamp does not go out by night. This verse always puzzles me. I know that God wants us to get adequate rest. If you think about how many hours of daylight we have during certain times of the year, sometimes its dark out at 5pm in some places. Therefore, she is still working her projects and taking care of the family. Or you can look at it, like when we made our schedules yesterday, we gave ourselves sometime after the kids go to bed to finish up things around the house and spend time with our husbands. Always make sure you allow yourself this time.
Today take the time to reflect on the changes you have made in yourself and for your family. Sit your family down and ask them what they think of your changes? Include them in future changes. If your husband is unsure have him read the studies for himself. He will see exactly why you are doing this for your family. Not to take control away from him but to become the Godly wife that he needs you to be. Let him know that his approval is needed. Tell him that changes will be made as long as he is comfortable and approves of them. I have not met a man yet who doesn’t enjoy a tidy home and a hot meal ready for him when he wakes and gets home from work. Look over the questions I posted next to the verses. Answer these in your notebook. Be completely honest with yourself.
To Do’s For today:
Read Corresponding Proverbs
Study Tasks
Read over Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 again
Write down any ideas you have or changes you want to make
Have your prayer time with God, Ask him if you are receiving everything he wants you to receive.
Have a blessed day!

Todays Corresponding Proverbs

Proverbs 19

1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
And he sins who hastens with his feet.
3 The foolishness of a man twists his way,
And his heart frets against the LORD.
4 Wealth makes many friends,
But the poor is separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies will not escape.
6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility,
And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of the poor hate him;
How much more do his friends go far from him!
He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who speaks lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool,
Much less for a servant to rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless[a] of his ways will die.
17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD,
And He will pay back what he has given.
18 Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.[b]
19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.
22 What is desired in a man is kindness,
And a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life,
And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;
He will not be visited with evil.
24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl,[c]
And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary;
Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.
26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother
Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease listening to instruction, my son,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A disreputable witness scorns justice,
And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And beatings for the backs of fools.

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About amotherslove4ever

I am a stay at home christian mother to two boys; ages 4yrs old(D) and 14 months old(R). I am also an army wife to my darling husband J. We are considered "old fashioned" I think. We are homeschooling the boys right now. We have also tried cloth diapers, babywearing, and now trying Elimination Communication. We are christians and we will soon be taking classes to be catholic christians! We love the lord and our family. We hope to have more children in the near future. God Bless. I hope you enjoy our family journeys.

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